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The Teaching Career


reviewed by Cynthia Carver 2004

coverTitle: The Teaching Career
Author(s): John I. Goodlad and Timothy J. McMannon (Editors)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744549, Pages: 210, Year: 2004
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Each fall the teaching ranks swell with our newest recruits. Many will find joy and happiness in their new professional role and will continue to grow and develop into master teachers who remain devoted to their chosen career. But we will lose others for a variety of good reasons. Some will find their initial preparation inadequate for leading a classroom of their own. Others will find their particular placement a poor match for their skills, interests and professional commitments. Still others will grow disenchanted with parents who don’t seem to care, classrooms that are under-resourced, and accountability measures that discourage creativity and decision-making. Without the support of a well-trained mentor, sustained opportunities for meaningful professional development, and a school context that takes their learning seriously, a significant number of these new teachers will exit the profession for good (Ingersoll, 2001; Ingersoll and Smith, 2004; Kauffman, Johnson, Kardos, Liu & Peske, 2002).   With this as a backdrop, The Teaching Career reminds us that we have to do better... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2372-2375
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11355, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 9:48:42 PM

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  • Cynthia Carver
    Western Michigan University
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    CYNTHIA L. CARVER is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning & Leadership at Western Michigan University. With a commitment to understanding the interplay between educational policy and practice, her research agenda focuses on teacher learning and development, particularly during the early induction years.
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